With the kiddos heading back to school soon, now is the time to start thinking about lunches and dinners. That means scouring the internet for delicious (read: Kids will actually eat) meals that are nourishing and energy-giving. Well, you can start *and* stop your search here, because we’ve teamed up with Jennie-O to bring you some family-approved ground turkey recipes. We’ve got a turkey ravioli tutorial (nothing quite compares to homemade pasta, IMO) that will make your kids’ dinner request list, plus nine other crowd pleasers your fam will eat right up.
In its Make The Switch® campaign, Jennie-O encourages people to switch to turkey in favorite family recipes. Turkey is a lean option, and when combined with the right ingredients, chances are your family won’t even notice the difference! We’re certainly not willing to sacrifice taste (and neither should you), so we’re happy to report that these recipes get allll the thumbs up.
JENNIE-O RAVIOLI RECIPE
This recipe is a beginner’s guide to fresh (yes, FRESH) homemade ravioli without a pasta machine! We stuffed these with a lean ground turkey and ricotta filling that is out of this world and super easy to make. Say goodbye to the freezer aisle for a while, because after this, you’ll be a fresh-pasta-making machine!
Fresh Pasta Ingredients:
— 1 1/2 cups semolina flour
— 1 teaspoon salt
— 3 large eggs
— 2 Tablespoons water
— 2 Tablespoons olive oil
Turkey and Ricotta Filling Ingredients:
— 1 pound JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
— 2 Tablespoons olive oil
— 1 teaspoon garlic powder
— ½ teaspoon salt
— ½ teaspoon pepper
— fresh basil, finely chopped
— fresh thyme, finely chopped
— ½ cup ricotta cheese
Grab all your pasta and turkey filling ingredients and let’s make some ravioli!
Making the Dough: Pour the semolina flour and a teaspoon of salt onto your countertop or other flat surface and form a flour mound with a well in the middle. Whisk together two eggs (leaving one for later), water and olive oil in a separate bowl, then pour into the well. Slowly mix the eggs into the flour until evenly incorporated into a thick consistency. Knead the dough with your hands onto a floured surface for 8-10 minutes until it is firm and no longer sticks to the surface. Wrap your kneaded dough in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Next, you can prepare your turkey filling while you wait!
Preparing the Filling: Heat olive oil in a saucepan on the stove. Reduce heat to medium and place the ground turkey in the pan, mixing and breaking up the turkey with a spatula constantly as it cooks. When the turkey looks cooked on the outside and is broken up into small even pieces, mix in the garlic powder, salt, pepper, finely chopped thyme and basil, and continue cooking for a few minutes until fully cooked and the mix reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a meat thermometer. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool down while you roll out your pasta.
Rolling Out the Pasta: Roll out your ball of dough onto a floured surface using a rolling pin and continue to roll until it’s about ⅛ inch thick. Fold the dough over itself into thirds and roll out again to ⅛ inch thick. Repeat one more time to get a long, ⅛-inch-thick rectangle of pasta.
Building Ravioli: Cut two equal sheets of the same size from your rolled-out pasta. Whisk one egg in a small bowl and brush it onto one of your two pasta sheets. Spoon teaspoons of the cooked ground turkey onto the sheet of pasta in a straight grid, then dollop another teaspoon of ricotta on top of each turkey mound. Carefully lay the second sheet of pasta on top and press the sheets together in between each mound to force out air bubbles and seal the ravioli. Cut them into squares with a ravioli or pizza cutter, running the blade in straight lines in between each filling mound.
Cooking + Serving: Cook in boiling water with a pinch of salt for 8-10 minutes or until your ravioli floats to the top and is al dente. Drain immediately and top with warm tomato sauce, a sprinkling of good olive oil, shaved parmesan and fresh basil.
And now for nine other recipes to put on your list.
1. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili With Quinoa: Nothing says “easy dinner” like a slow cooker meal. Pop the ingredients into your crockpot and dinner will cook itself. Featuring the same spices as beef chili, this turkey chili stands up to the test.
2. Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos: Who doesn’t love a taco night? Your fam will be all smiles if you set up a taco bar with these fixins. The mango citrus slaw gives it a fresh feel while the turkey adds that necessary bite of protein to fill you up for the evening.
3. Seattle-Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps: For those on gluten-free diets, this lettuce wrap gets our seal of approval. The lettuce is a perfect healthy vehicle for this scrumptiously seasoned turkey recipe.
4. Turkey Sausage Pizza on a Cauliflower Crust: Speaking of alternatives, we’re in the thick of the cauliflower craze and we love it. For a pizza that’s better for you (and your loved ones), try cauliflower crust topped with turkey and other garden goodies like tomato, basil and mushroom.
5. California Turkey Burger: Add your favorite toppings to these burgers and enjoy America’s favorite food, better-for-you-style. For an extra hit of decadence, add a fried egg on top. Your family will thank you.
6. Turkey Teriyaki + Veggie Stir-Fry: Whoever said stir-fry needed to be made with chicken or beef was flat-out wrong. Turkey is the perfect protein to add to your wok alongside some fresh veg doused with teriyaki sauce. Scoop this flavor-packed dish over rice and dinner is served.
7. New York Turkey Meatball: Oh meatballs, how we love you and your spiciness. You won’t miss the beef in these. And you won’t miss the pasta if you ditch it to eat meatballs only (which is exactly what I would do!). Obviously, you’ll need four or five ;)
8. Turkey + Corn Salsa Tostada: Some love the hand-hold fold of a taco, while others prefer to eat with a fork. If you or your just-learning-how-to-use-utensils child is the latter, dig into this turkey and corn salsa tostada.
9. Turkey Kabobs: Food on a stick is always more fun to eat than food on a plate, so make lunch or dinner more exciting with turkey kabobs. Sometimes a utensil-free meal is just way more entertaining, you know? :)
That’s it, folks! We hope you found some inspiration for your next meal and for back-to-school season.
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This post is in collaboration with Jennie-O.
Author: Roxy Taghavian
Food Production and Styling: Lee Schellenberger
Photography: Brittany Griffin